Calvin Coolidge was in the White House when Gertrude Anderson came into the world in 1925. Fifteen U.S. presidents later, Anderson celebrated her milestone 95th birthday June 9. Her maiden name was Yeakel as she grew up on a farm now part of the Buckeye Pipe Line complex.
She stopped attending school at the nearby one-room schoolhouse at age 12 to help work the family farm. Both the farm and school buildings no longer exist.
One person died and at least one other person was injured in an explosion at a structure on a property in the 8400 block of Orchard Road, Lower Milford Township, June 9.
Brian Ehret, 50, was pronounced dead in the backyard of his residence by Deputy Coroner Rachel Tallarico 4:47 p.m. June 9, according to a media release from the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensics Center.
According to a media release from Pennsylvania State Police Troop M Trooper Nathan T. Branosky, state troopers were dispatched to 8439 Orchard Road 3:06 p.m. for an explosion.
Chief of Police Charles Palmer spoke at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting via Zoom June 15 regarding the current situation on racism and the police force in the nation.
Palmer wanted to emphasize the Emmaus Police Department strictly follows all applicable laws and practices — a strict no discrimination policy.
A virtual Lower Macungie Board of Commissioners meeting was held May 21.
Township Engineer Bryan McAdam gave a brief update on the Trexler Business Center project which included the Movie Tavern. This project will transition from Keystone Consulting to CKS Engineers. The final input from the developer includes completing public improvements. A resolution to reduce financial security for the Trexler Business Center Land development was approved.
At the May 21 Lower Milford Township Supervisors meeting, it was announced seven community members have petitioned against the use of dirt bikes around the area of McFettridge Lane. Specifically, it has been the noise and repetitive usage on the roads.
Township residents Ashley and Gary Bloss, who live on the road, spoke about their frustration and are looking for some type of update to the nuisance ordinance. It was also pointed out kids are driving on Leh Street and up Wind Hill Road to get to McFettridge Lane.
The administration received a reluctant approval for a 1.2 percent tax increase in their 2020-2021 final budget from the East Penn Board of School Directors at a lengthy virtual meeting June 8. The vote was 7-2 with Vice President Paul Champagne and Ziad Munson voting “nay.”